Mental Health Reflection

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The idea of mental health has always been an area of study that has been intriguing, interesting, and complex not only during my social work education, but also in my personal life as well. Throughout life so far, my attitude towards mental disabilities has been one that is evolving as my understanding about mental health has grown, but also has always been towards a sense of open-mindedness and non-judgmental view considering my own life experiences and people that I have encountered. After having completed my MSW internship at Vista Maria, a residential treatment program for adolescent females, and conducting therapy in the building that housed females with the presenting problem of a delinquent charge and mild to severe mental health concerns,…show more content…
During my childhood years of having to experience emotional abuse by my father, witnessing physical violence towards my mother, watching my brother have severe behavioral problems at times, and acting out myself, these experiences helped to shape my cognitive thoughts many negative at times and led to many unhealthy behaviors not only as an adolescent but also as an adult. While every day is a different day for me, I learned through the process of recovery and through my education, that my mental health does not define who I am and recovery is possible. Through my spiritual growth, I have learned the aspect of forgiveness towards myself, of which can be difficult at times, not to judge others because we will never know all the paths they have taken or have gone through, and just to pray for those who are struggling instead of looking down on them. With respect to the population of working with adults who have committed murder, rape, and violent acts against children, the attitude of uncomfortability is due to having a 15-year-old daughter, my experiences of physical abuse, and having worked with the adolescent girls at the facility who were raped and had heinous crimes done against them. At the same time, the…show more content…
Each of us has had experiences that also involve our mental health, and although mental health was not always discussed growing up, our family is now more understanding and willing to discuss mental health in terms of being healthier. The only negative connotations surrounding mental health has been the use of medications and viewed as not being “necessary” and more so all about the way you are thinking and behaving. Although I do have my own personal thoughts on the issue of using medications as the cure all, I do believe that through my own education that medication can be helpful with mental health if the right one is administered. In regards to the population I have discussed in my self-analysis that would be uncomfortable to work with, my family system, including my close friends have always made it known that this population is one of dislike and hatred. The thoughts surrounding this population involve being people who are severely mentally ill and that their mental processes will never change, while at the same time their mental health may not even be considered as a cause of these extreme behavioral problems. My mother, grandmother, and some friends can hold a stringent view on this population and not consider how the ecological perspective can play on a person’s mental health and actions. The influence my family and friends have had on me with
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